APRIL 21 UPDATE: On March 16, the Metro East Joint Development Assessment Panel unanimously kicked the planned Maccas to the kerb, in line with Armadale council’s recommended refusal. Maccas’ lawyers have applied to appeal the decision in the State Administrative Tribunal. They’ve also told the council they intend to lodge a fresh development application.
The southeastern Perth suburb of Harrisdale will not get a 24/7 McDonald’s if the City of Armadale – which, without having canvassed local opinion, claims the eatery will spoil the surrounding neighbourhood – gets its way.
The city is urging a state assessment panel to reject Maccas’ application to erect the pictured eatery at the corner of Nicholson Road and Yellowwood Avenue due to what the council believes to be an overdevelopment of the 2574sqm site.
The city also contends the planned $3.2 million McDonald’s is set too far back from the street to create an attractive entrance to Yellowwood Avenue.
Nor does the Maccas have adequate landscaping, the council opines.
The final nail in the coffin for the Maccas, from the council’s perspective, is that its operation “24 hours per day/seven days per week will adversely affect the amenity of nearby residences on the eastern side of Nicholson Road by virtue of the impacts of noise from the car park and possible antisocial behaviour associated with McDonald’s restaurant trading, particularly given the low background noise levels in the locality after hours”.
A previous application to build a Maccas elsewhere on the same block was approved by the city in 2011. But the approval was never acted upon and lapsed in 2013.
The public was not consulted on that or the current development application.
The immediate area around the planned Maccas (pictured above, left) is a moonscape at present. But when soon it is crammed with brick and tile bungalows, the closest houses will be 33 metres and 39 metres from the planned Maccas car park.
At a meeting on March 16 the state assessment panel gets to decide if the McDonald’s gets built, or is flicked like some insipid pickle from the Quarter Pounder of history.